Hey there everyone! I’m Cary Blackburn from Best Quality Roofers Kelowna. On this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV, I’m going to tell you about seven signs that may indicate you need a new roof. Most people don’t think about the roof on their Kelowna home until it starts leaking. It is a terrible idea to ignore your roof until you have buckets all over the house to collect the leaking water. Here are seven signs that you can look for before this happens.
Look Inside Your Attic
If you think that your roof has reached its maximum lifespan and it needs to be replaced, you don’t need to climb up on the roof to inspect it. Instead, start in the attic. When you get into the attic, turn off the lights. If you see beams of light coming through the roof, it is a bad sign. If you notice stains and streaks on the ceiling of the attic or the plywood sheeting, those are also signs that you need to have your roof replaced.
Check Your Files
If you want to know if your roof has reached its maximum lifespan, you can simply look through your home improvement records. If you know when the roof was installed, you can determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. A typical asphalt shingle roof can last for 20 to 25 years and sometimes longer here in Kelowna because we don’t get as much rain. If your roof was installed over the old roof, you shouldn’t go longer than 20 years.
Check the Shingles
A healthy roof will have shingles that lie down flat. If you notice that shingles are missing, buckling, or the edges are curling, you may need to have the roof repaired or replaced. It is a good idea to check the roof after a big storm. You should also check your gutters and downspouts. Shingles have a black, rock-like coating called granules. These granules are designed to protect the shingles from cracking under the extreme heat from the sun that we can get here in Kelowna in the summer. If you notice black debris in your gutters or downspouts, it means that the granules are wearing off which is normal during the lifespan of your roof. If you have a lot of granules in your gutter, you should have your roof inspected.
The flashing around the skylights, chimney, and the vents seal up the seam so that water cannot leak into the home. It is a good idea to inspect the flashing for breaks or cracks that could result in leaks. If you live in an older house, your flashing could be made of cement or tar.
If this is the case, you should consider having it replaced with metal flashing for added strength and protection.
If your roof is sagging or if it is droopy, it should be replaced before it causes damage inside the home or your roof completely collapses. You should also check the sheeting and trusses for rot and check the surface for signs of trapped water.
It is not uncommon for moss to grow in the far corner of your yard, however, if there is moss growing on the roof it could be a sign of trouble. This means it’s possible that there is moisture trapped in the roof which can destroy it. To remove moss that has grown on the roof, use a stiff brush or pick it off with your hand. However, make sure that you don’t create any other issues in the process or end up falling off of your roof. Please, be careful if you ever go on your roof.
Finally, Don’t Panic
If you notice a few rotted shingles or a small leak in the home, don’t panic. If your roof was installed correctly and it is younger than 15 years old, chances are you need a simple roof repair rather than a complete roof replacement. If you aren’t sure the best course of action to take, you should give us a call at Best Quality Roofers Kelowna to get an opinion from a professional. That’s it for this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes and more tips for your roof.